Sound — 10
Definitely more pop than her last 2 albums-very catchy with nice lyrical hooks and riffs. Various songs seem to be influenced with her personal favourite bands. For example, "Everything back but you" has similar drum beats to Blink 182 in their "Dude Ranch" days, fast paced, kinda choppy. "I Don't Have To Try" has singing that reminds me of the HorrorPops. Her first single from the album, "Girlfriend" is full of hooks, with stamping and clapping. Think back to the "Hey Mickey, you so fine" song. I especially love the song "Runaway" with it's acoustic strums in the verses switching out to full electric in the choruses. Butch Walker and Evan Taubenfeld are backup vocals on that track, which makes it all the better. Really, I didn't think that I'd like the new album, after I heard Avril describing it as "poppy, bratty, cocky", but surprisingly I'm impressed by the evident growth in her sound. The sound is a bit lighter, very fun, and some tracks are still mellow along the lines of "How Does It Feel" from the second album. What really defines it is the direction, her transitions from verses to choruses, the fact that the tracks will make awesome live concert pieces etc.
Lyrics — 10
Avril admitted in an interview that this album's lyrics are very light, not serious like her previous album. She wrote a lot of the songs while intoxicated, which explains the "I'll drink as much Limoncello as I can, and I'll do it again and again." This isn't to say that it's bad, just that the songs are no longer moody. Very upbeat, happy, carefree. I like the change, I would've have liked another album full of angry words.
Overall Impression — 10
My favourite songs from the album are "Runaway", "Best Damn Thing", "Hot", and "Innocence". I love how she worked with Butch and Evan again on this album, as well as Dr. Luke and Avril's husband Deryck Whibley (from Sum 41). She's the executive producer of the album, which is something different from her past CDs. I also have to mention that it isn't as polished as "Let Go," which is very nice. I am slightly disappointed that she didn't work with Raine Maida or Chantal on this one, but I guess she wanted to try something new. If lost or stolen, I'd get my pitbull to track the bastard down.